London :: Day 4
A foggy day in London town….You’ve heard Michael Buble sing this song, right? Well, this song perfectly described the weather on our last day in London. Cold, foggy and downright dreary. Despite having some yucky weather, we didn’t let that get our spirits down on our last day of exploring the city.
Per usual, we hopped on the tube along with the locals and headed down to Hyde Park. I wish the weather had cooperated a little bit better because I would have loved to explore more of it. From what we saw though, it was beautiful with tons of trees and green space. It reminded me a lot of Central Park.
We had tickets to go into Kensington Palace and I was so excited to see it. I’ve always loved Princess Diana and I just love Prince William and Princess Kate so it was neat to see the place that they call home. Seeing the Queen and King’s apartments and knowing that tons of royalty have lived in this very space was interesting. All of the paintings, sculptures and woodwork in there are absolutely stunning and after how many years they’ve been there that’s pretty amazing what tip top shape they’re in!
At Kensington Palace, there was also an exhibit featuring the Queen’s fashion through the years. Since I have a passion for fashion, I loved getting to see some of the dresses and suits worn throughout the years. I particularly loved the dresses of Princess Diana that were showcased. I noticed many of her dresses from photos that I’ve seen of her and loved getting to see them up close.
After a cold, wet morning walking around Hyde Park, we headed over to Buckingham Palace to get a quick look of it. I was in awe of how huge it was and can only imagine the crowds that waited outside after Prince William and Princess Kate got married and made their first appearance on that famous balcony. I wish we could have gone on a tour of it, but it’s only open for tours one month out of the year in July. The flag was flying high which meant the Queen was in. I was secretly hoping I could catch a glimpse of her in a window but I’m sure the Queen has better things to do than people watch a bunch of tourists outside her castle.
Since it was such a cold and rainy day, I was really looking forward to our afternoon tea that day! We went on an afternoon tea bus tour that took you all around the city for an hour and a half. We rode in a vintage double decker bus and had finger sandwiches, pastries and tea of course. Since it was our last day in London, at that point we had already seen most of the major sites they took us past. While this wasn’t the best tour we’ve ever been on, it was nice for us to relax our tired feet and dry off from the rain.
Since we had seen most of what we wanted to see in the city center of London, we decided to venture a little bit outside of the city and visit the 2012 Olympic Park. There’s a huge shopping center and multiple hotels when you first get off at the train station. It connects directly to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park which is absolutely massive! We only walked around a tiny bit of it before heading back but I can only imagine how many people were there and what the energy was like during the Olympics. I officially decided that I’m adding going to the Olympics one day to my travel wish list. Seeing all of these stadiums in person was pretty cool and I would love to get to see some of the best athletes in the world compete.
And to end our busy day, we wined down at a local wine bar and then headed out for burgers to end our night in London. I have a whole post planned for all of the great food we ate while we were there so that will be coming your way in a few weeks!
We had a great time in London but we still had a few days left of vacation after this. The next 3 days we spent in Paris and we did some pretty awesome things while we were there too!